Health, Safety, and Welfare Subject Matter
By rule, 188.8.131.52 (2) (b) NMAC, “Health, safety and welfare in architecture” is anything that relates to the structure or soundness of a building or site or its role in promoting the health, safety or well being of its occupants.
At its February 2, 2001 Board meeting, the New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects voted to allow the AIA definitions for Health, Safety, & Welfare to serve as examples to clarify appropriate subject matter in the determination of the Board's continuing education health, safety, and welfare requirements.
Health, Safety, and Welfare in architecture is anything that relates to the structure or soundness of a building or site.
- Health: Aspects of architecture that have salutary effects among users of buildings or sites and address environmental issues. Examples would be appropriate air temperature, humidity, and quality; adequate provisions for personal hygiene; and nontoxic materials or finishes.
- Safety: Aspects of architecture intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users of buildings or sites. Examples would be the provision of fire-rated egress enclosures, automatic sprinkler systems, and stairs with correct rise-to-run proportions.
- Welfare: Aspects of architecture that engender positive emotional responses among, or enable equal access by, users of building or sites. Examples would be spaces whose scale, proportions, materials, and color are pleasing for the intended use; spaces that afford natural light and views of nature; and provisions for users with disabilities.